Healthcare scholarships awarded to local students by North Country Hospital

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NEWPORT — Thirteen new healthcare scholarships were recently awarded to graduating high school seniors, totaling $13,000.

In addition, North Country Hospital renews the $1,000 scholarships for consecutive years providing students stay in healthcare education and maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA.

Each year the scholarship review committee makes selections based on student essays, transcripts, extra-curricular activities, as well as financial needs.

Applicants/families must also live in the hospital’s service area in order to initially apply.

This year, two additional $1,000 scholarships were awarded to North Country Hospital employees, who are continuing their healthcare education.

Desiree Bowen, RN, received the Healthcare Career Scholarship, and Hailey Bonneau, RN, BSN received the Carol B. Custer Scholarship for Nursing students.

The Healthcare Career Scholarship is made possible by the annual North Country Hospital Scholarship Golf Classic, with proceeds each year going directly to students studying in a healthcare field.

The 33rd annual scramble is set for Sunday, August 29, at Newport Country Club.

The review committee selected nine awardees from this fund, and they went to Lake Region graduate Caylin Wesoja and North Country graduates Shauna Baraw, Emma Bowen, Adrianna Chaput, Ashley Daigle, Molly Lepage, Charlotte Martin, Molly Patenaude, and Abigail Pettengill.

A Caryl B. Custer Scholarship for Nursing Students award went to Lake Region Union High School graduate Dinah Daigle.

This fund was created by summer resident Dr. Keith Custer in memory of and on behalf of his wife Caryl, who was a nurse manager in Florida for many years.

She individually supported many nursing students during her career there.

This year The Legends Scholarship was awarded to Annika Socia, a 2021 Lake Region graduate.

This fund was created in 2010 and has since named six “Legends” of North Country Hospital: Larry Labor, Merrilyn Barry, Robert Trembley, MD, Thomas A.E. Moseley, MD, A. David Alsobrook, MD, and Cecile Gelineau, RN.

In 2015 the Sidney A. Toll Scholarship Fund was created, honoring long-time previous CEO and founder of North Country Hospital’s scholarship golf tournament.

This year’s recipient is Peter Gyurkovics, a Lake Region graduate.

Contributions to North Country Hospital for any of the scholarship funds help sustain these awards for years to come.

Students can receive awards for 2-year, 4-year as well as graduate programs.

Call the Communications/Foundation office (802) 334-4186 for more information.

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